The Fair-Haired Dumbbell is a collaboration between FFA and Guerrilla Development, with original mural artwork by James Jean. This speculative office building with ground-floor retail is located in the heart of the Burnside Bridgehead developments. At the eastside intersection of Burnside Street and the Willamette River, the Bridgehead is home to some of Portland’s most exciting and interesting new architecture. The Dumbbell’s starting point is a small, challenging ‘island’ site – bound by busy streets on every side. In order to maximize usable space in the area, which measures in at just over a quarter-acre, the design team incorporated small interconnected public plazas that flow into the ground-floor retail. These allow for pedestrian movement, refuge, and visibility through the site. The Fair-Haired Dumbbell building sits squarely in the center of the action and doesn’t shy away from attention.
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